The ... Edition Monday, July 24, 2023

Why Apple’s Threat To Kill iMessage And FaceTime Isn’t A Bluff, by David Price, Macworld

For Apple, the question of privacy isn’t an abstract philosophical debate, but a real issue that affects its users–and its own revenue–on a daily basis. The company has chosen privacy as the hill it’s prepared to die on, not because its CEO really, really believes in privacy (although of course, he might), but because privacy underpins its entire business model. Buy an iPhone, says Apple, and your data is secure. Unlike those other tech companies and their business models built around data capture.


Data privacy is something Apple regards as an existential question, and if I was a member of the U.K. government, I wouldn’t bet on it backing down.

Apple’s Headset Hinges On Apps, But Don’t Expect Developers To Flock To It, by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg

Developers may be slow to create Vision Pro apps because of the product’s high price and correspondingly small user base. The device also doesn’t have the kind of hand controllers available on other headsets.

On the other hand, it’s going to be relatively painless to convert current apps into visionOS fare. And that should help make the Vision Pro app store more successful than the Apple Watch and TV versions, even if it never matches the popularity of the one on iOS.

Apple Supplier Foxconn's Failed India Chip Venture Shows How Tough It Is For New Players, by Arjun Kharpal, CNBC

Foxconn's hurdles point to a broader issue — it's hard for newcomers to get into semiconductor manufacturing.

The manufacturing of chips is dominated by one player — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, better known as TSMC — which has a 59% market share in the foundry segment, according to Counterpoint Research.


How A Smart Thermostat Helped Me Avert A Potential Disaster, by Jennifer Pattison Tuohy, The Verge

While I consider this a smart home success story, it highlights that the connected home’s current state is all notification and no action. We can know everything about our homes but can’t do much about it — at least not from afar.

A really smart home would alert you to a problem, identify it, offer solutions, and — with your consent — fix it for you. Much like our cars have become self-diagnosing computers, so could our homes.

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I'm pretty sure that, over the last few years behind the scenes, Apple has been making iPhone and iOS capable of working differently in different parts of the world. Apple doesn't bluff, and it doesn't blink.


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